Detmers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

By and large, hereditary surname were formed in Germany when most of the German states were a part of the Holy Roman Empire. At this time, as the population of Europe swelled and travel became easier, people began to encounter others sharing their own name and they avoided confusion by adopting a second name. A common form of surnames found in Germany are those that are derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Detmers was a name for a person who was famous among the people. The name Detmers is the German form of the Latin name Theudoricus and it is composed of the Old German word "diot," which in modern German is volk and means people or race, and the Old German word "mar," which means popular, famous, or big. Ditmar is also a local type of surname that comes from Dittmarsdorf in the province of Schlesen. The name Detmers was very popular during medieval times and the family emerged as members of the aristocratic gentry class in the Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Detmers family

The surname Detmers was first found in Germany, where in ancient times the name Ditmar made important contributions to the advancement of feudal society. In later years the name branched into many different houses, some of whom played a significant role in the local social and political affairs of the late Middle Ages.

Early History of the Detmers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Detmers research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1814 is included under the topic Early Detmers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Detmers Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Detmers include Ditmar, Ditmars, Dittmar, Dittmars, Dittmer, Dittmers, Ditmer, Dietmar, Dithmar, Dettmer, Detmer, Diemer, Detmers, Dismar, Dismer, Dittmayer, Diesmar, Diesmer and many more.

Early Notables of the Detmers family (pre 1700)

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United States Detmers migration to the United States +

Detmerss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Detmers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ferdinand Jacob Detmers, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1768 [1]
Detmers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Detmers, who arrived in Iowa in 1883 [1]
  • Henry Detmers, who settled in Iowa in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Detmers (post 1700) +

  • Debra Detmers, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 2008 [2]
  • Theodor Detmers (1902-1976), German commanding officer of the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Maruschka Detmers (b. 1962), Dutch actress

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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